The online environment is touching all aspects of our lives. One area that is being changed by technology is education. We can now attend classes while still in our pajamas. As with most new things, I was skeptical of online learning. How was I supposed to learn if I wasn’t sitting in a classroom surround by other students and a professor? I took my first online course in 2009, a math class I needed to take in order to achieve my bachelor’s degree. Being absolutely horrible at any math beyond the basics, and finding no math classes that weren’t offered during the day, I reluctantly signed up for the required course.
I haven’t stepped foot in a physical classroom in almost 5 years and honestly don’t know if I will ever be able to actually sit in a classroom again.
Online environments afford us the opportunity to multitask and get more done in the 24 hours we’re each allotted every day. I work a standard 40 hours a week job. If I had to physically go to a classroom in order to go to graduate school I would have quit after my first few weeks of study. It would have been too time consuming and draining to leave work, drive to campus, sit there for 3 hours, drive home and then repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
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At first glance, online education may seem like easy child’s play. With many courses being asynchronous, you can log on at any time of the day. You are not obligated to a set schedule of when you must attend class. Online learning requires having an extreme amount of discipline. There will be no instructor reminding of when work is due or hovering over shoulder while you work on assignments. For myself, the freedom to “attend,” class when I choose is one of the main reasons that I have enjoyed and tend to do well in an online educational environment.
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